Egos of scale
And without London's most ____ (fill in your adjective) politician being an expert in architecture and having ultimate say in the planning decisions, we would still be stuck in Christopher Wren's London. But thankfully, London has come a long way since the late 80s when British architecture was still reeling from Prince Charles' attacks on it, a time unlike today when his opinions on the subject were more welcome than a police raid on a brothel. No, London has certainly benefited from Ken who has been like a bottle of HP sauce to the London landscape, a means of adding a bit of piquancy to the menu. Sorry, I know, enough with the metaphors already.
But if there are any other high-rise enthusiasts out there:
Watch this video for London's future Bishopsgate Tower (or the Helter-skelter as it is more commonly known). The tallest building in the rendering pictured above.
Check out the ever-popular Architecture Foundation Winter Nights programme which was established in order to provide "a platform for smaller, independent practices to inspire and provoke," and as a result they don't just focus on the Lord Rogers of this world, but on emerging architects whose works don't necessarily live in the shadow of their names. Wednesday evenings from Jan 17. 16 Brewhouse Yard, EC1. £3 on door. Talks start at 7pm, doors open at 6.30pm.